Excerpt from Unfolding Perception: Materiality and Time in the Work of Tara Merenda Nelson and Andy Warhol, from Issue Vol. 43, no. 1&2
Almudena Escobar López
The first time I visited New York City in 2012, I was anxious to see the Empire State Building. I walked along Fifth Avenue from Central Park and passed by without noticing it. When I realized that I was at Thirty-first Street, I turned around, and there it was. After paying my ticket and queuing, I went to the observatory on the top floor. Images of the building began to unfold and overlay my direct experience, and my perceptual relationship with it began to change. Before, the Empire State was an idea constructed from pop culture. It was King Kong (1933, directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack), Empire (1964, by Andy Warhol), and many others. But, now the Empire State has a spatial reference for me. It has become part of my perceptual archive of images; my mind reconstructs it through the recollection of direct experience…
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